Trumps pay tribute at Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 Jewish worshipers were murdered
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid homage Tuesday to each of the 11 Jewish worshipers slain in the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history.
As the Trumps placed their tributes outside the Tree of Life synagogue, protesters nearby shouted that the president was not welcome.
On their arrival in Pittsburgh, the Trumps entered the vestibule of the synagogue, where they lit candles for each victim.
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Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who had been conducting services when the shots rang out, gestured at the white Star of David posted for each victim. At each, the president placed a stone, a Jewish burial tradition, while the first lady added a flower. They were trailed by first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who are Jewish.
Near the synagogue, flowers, candles and chalk drawings filled the corner, including a small rock painted with the number “6,000,011,” adding the victims this week to the estimated number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
The murdered include several people who would have been children during the Holocaust and rise of Nazism.
The Trumps later spent more than an hour at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where some of the victims are recovering. Trump visited with wounded police officers and spent an hour with the widow of victim Dr. Richard Gottfried.
Trump traveled to the historic hub of the city’s Jewish community as the first funerals were held for the victims, who range in age from 54 to 97. The dead include two brothers, a husband and wife, professors, dentists and a physician.
As his motorcade wound through downtown Pittsburgh, some onlookers saluted the president with upraised middle fingers and others with downturned thumbs.
Brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal, who were aged 54 and 59, were among the first to be buried. They were the youngest victims of the shooting.
During a prayer service for the brothers, Rabbi Myers reportedly told the packed service: “They could illustrate a dictionary definition for ‘pure souls.'”
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, was also buried on Tuesday. He was a doctor in the Squirrel Hill community, particularly known for his work with gay men diagnosed with HIV.
On Saturday, he was shot and killed after he rushed to help the wounded, his nephew Avishai Ostrin said in an emotional Facebook post.
“When he heard shots he ran outside to try and see if anyone was hurt and needed a doctor,” he wrote. “That was Uncle Jerry, that’s just what he did.”
Daniel Stein, 71, was also buried in a private service on Tuesday.